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How to Apply Upskilling Universally

Published Mon Nov 13 2023

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While many organizations offer professional development opportunities, a significant number of US employees, particularly underrepresented minorities, are not engaging in these learning opportunities. Employers and employees offer contrasting perspectives, with employees citing a lack of financial support, time constraints, and family priorities as barriers to upskilling, despite employers claiming to provide company-paid upskilling programs. There’s also a disconnect between the skills valued by workers and employers. Employers and educators need to create equitable, accessible upskilling programs. Underrepresented minorities face systemic barriers in accessing these opportunities. The low engagement in skills development hinders diversity in the workforce and limits organizations’ ability to adapt to evolving demands. To address these challenges, employers should engage in inclusive dialogue with employees, offer flexibility in learning schedules, and establish robust feedback mechanisms. Tailored and flexible professional development can help employees acquire the necessary skills for career advancement while balancing work and life. Ultimately, offering equitable skills development programs that align with both employer and employee needs is crucial for workforce and economic progress. By overcoming these barriers, the US can create a more resilient and competitive workforce.

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